Jost Capito is delighted with the fact that Williams Racing’s hard work has paid off as George Russell has taken P2 at the Belgian GP.
This year’s Belgian GP is the one to remember for Williams Racing thanks to Russell’s incredible performance in qualifying – he has overcome difficult conditions and got to second place. Because of the torrential rain, Sunday’s race has been called off and the Briton scored his first podium in Formula 1. Williams CEO and team principal Capito has reacted to the result.
“The team did a fantastic job and it would have been so sad for the team if today had been no race, and you do this great job on Saturday and then do not get rewarded at all for that,” he commented.
“I think that would have been also not really nice to the team so I’m really happy for the team; they worked so hard, they worked hard all year and improving from race-to-race. We’ve got such a good spirit now and atmosphere, I think it comes at the right time.”
Capito has also supported the approach to the race by the officials.
“The weather conditions are so bad and for the safety of the drivers, it was impossible to do a normal race. So I think [F1] and the FIA did exactly what was needed to be safe for the drivers and still having a race, whatever you call it… but having a result,” he added.
In the end, Capito admits that this podium is still an achievement even under unusual circumstances.
“Of course in the position we were in, absolutely happy that it was like this, and having the first podium after many years is absolutely outstanding and is fantastic. Of course, it’s a bit of a strange feeling, isn’t it, to get the podium after this? But finally, a podium is a podium. I think it was a great job yesterday so it was well deserved as well.”